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Remembering Uganda: Where We Stand

August 9, 2013

We are telling our adoption story by posting a series of emails that were sent while we were in Uganda in July & August of 2012. If you have made your way here because you are thinking about adopting from Uganda or are in the process, please know that the process is very different now than it was in 2012.

Sent August 9, 2012

OK, this update will be “brief” (in the Sarah-Ganger-sense of that word). I just wanted to let everyone know our latest news and most importantly, our most urgent prayer requests….

The attorney we hired in Kampala who handled our guardianship case cannot help us now that our file has crossed into “US territory” by being sent to the USCIS office in Nairobi, so he, along with our agency and several families who have gone before us, recommended an attorney who helps adoptive families in this situation:  “M.” She works with an organization called EACH (Equality for Adopted CHildren) in Washington DC. This organization is a non-profit and relies on individual/private donations so that they can offer their services to adoptive families pro-bono. I cannot even describe what a blessing it is to not have to worry about incurring any additional legal fees at this point in our process. That, all by itself, is God’s sweet grace and kind provision. Praise Him.

Our (new) attorney spoke with us on Skype late last night, and we explained all the details of our case as we know and understand them. She said that she will do everything she can to make sure that an “expedited decision” is requested for our case once it reaches Nairobi. After hearing the details of our case, she gave us some “homework” to do, locating and sending her more documentation and evidence. Her last statement to us were instructions not to worry. She thinks she can get this worked out for us and get all six of us home, in her words, “just with a bit of added delay and expense.” Again, God’s grace and kindness to provide us with an attorney who is confident she can help us.

-Please pray for Tim, our Kampala social worker “G” and our Kampala attorney “I,” as they work together over the next two days to collect all the evidence and documentation that “M” asked us to get. Please pray that the things she asked us to collect will be available and easy to acquire and that we can get together everything she asked us for.
-Please pray for us as we make decisions over the next couple days about what the rest of our time in Kampala will look like. The place we are staying has been a true gift and blessing from the Lord for our time here so far… but it is very expensive. It is hard to justify the expense of staying here when we have now exhausted the supplies we brought with us and will now be spending money on diapers, wipes, formula and groceries, all of which are more expensive here than they are in the US. At the same time, we are having a hard time justifying the stress it will put our children through to make another transition, experience another disruption, before we put them through the huge transition/disruption of taking them home to the US. Please just pray for us. We need wisdom to know what to do.

There is more, but that is all I will share for now, as those are our most urgent requests. I will send another update later. Tim and I were up late last night skyping, sending emails and making phone calls. It was a long and exhausting day, and we went to bed with heavy hearts, knowing that if we had our visas, the next day (today) would have been our home-going. But it is true that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning and His faithfulness is great (Lam 3). We know that God makes no mistakes, which means He has us here for a reason, to accomplish His good and perfect purpose. We are resting in that today. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support. God is using them to sustain us.

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